Monta Vista High School in Cupertino, CA - Niche

Overall
Niche Grade
Details
  • Grades
    9-12
  • Students
    2,351
  • Type
    Public, Coed
  • Reviews
    285 3.4
  • Ranking

Monta Vista High School is a public coed school in Cupertino, California. It has 2,351 students in grades 9-12. According to state standards, 95% of students at this school are considered proficient in math and/or reading. There have been 285 reviews written and they have been mixed.

21840 Mcclellan Rd
Cupertino, CA 95014
(408) 366-7600

Ratings and Reviews
3.4 from 285 reviews
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    • High School Senior
    • 4
    Academics: Teachers are pretty good (and if they aren't, you can usually fill in the gaps by asking other students). The curriculum is pretty amazing, though the workload is high. Usually two or three AP/honors classes out of 7 possible is enough—most students go to bed at around midnight. After-school peer tutoring (Study Buddies) is available for those who need it, as well as twice-a-week 45 minute tutorial periods that are specially dedicated as time for students to talk to teachers or make up work. Most students will finish calculus by the time they graduate. There's a decent variety of literature classes, though a lot of juniors take the honors class. Spanish and Japanese are fairly popular languages, though French and Chinese are also available. Freshman are required to take biology, but after that science classes are pretty evenly split. Social studies classes are pretty much set—you'll have AP options in junior and senior year, but there's not really a lot of variety there.
    • High School Senior
    • 3
    Student Culture & Diversity: The majority of Monta Vista is Asian (mainly Indian, Chinese, Korean), and so their parents tend to bring that stereotypical Asian culture to school. Obviously, it doesn't help that it's in Silicon Valley where nearly everyone is upper middle class and has some background in the high-paying and extremely competitive tech industry. It's almost impossible to avoid the competitive culture, but it pretty much never gets to the point where sabotage happens or friendships are lost. Most of the time students just complain about pressure together, and teachers are constantly reminding students that grades don't matter as much as their parents say they do. The school does a pretty good job of having stress-relieving days every now and then to make school more fun. Despite the fact that there's a white minority at school, there's not really a whole lot of race-based stereotyping, and 99% of the school is accepting of LGBTQ+ students (though sometimes you'll still hear slurs tossed around).
    • High School Senior
    • 4
    Extracurriculars: Monta Vista as a whole tends to be very STEM-focused (unsurprising considered it's in Silicon Valley), and so there are quite a few math/programming/science clubs on campus. However, there's a fair number of honor societies and English/literature clubs as well as art clubs. The school has a fairly active Gender Sexuality Alliance, and amazing DECA, FBLA, and MUN clubs.
    • High School Senior
    • 4
    Teachers: There are a couple of amazing teachers on campus, though these tend to teach the more advanced classes. Teachers for regular classes are OK. There are maybe two are three "bad" teachers on campus, but considering the size of the school, that's a very small percentage. I'd say most teach very well and are responsive to student needs and very open to extending deadlines, etc. (as long as you're not constantly emailing them about grades). If you have a valid reason to not be able to learn under a certain teacher, your counselor will usually do their best to switch you out of that class.
    • Niche User
    • 3
    Health & Safety: The school campus is very open, but there are very few safety issues.

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4.00 Homestead High School 1 mi. 2,382
4.00 Fremont High School 3 mi. 2,004
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4.33 Cupertino High School 3 mi. 2,079
4.33 Lynbrook High School 3 mi. 1,861

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Student Demographics Read more about this school's student culture and diversity

Gender

Gender
Female 50%
Male 49%

Student Diversity

Monta Vista High School United States California Cupertino High School Fremont High School Homestead High School Lynbrook High School Mountain View High School
Asian 78.0% 4.8% 11.3% 63.0% 27.0% 39.0% 81.0% 24.0%
White 16.0% 51.0% 24.8% 19.0% 19.0% 34.0% 11.0% 49.0%
Hispanic 2.0% 25.0% 53.3% 11.0% 45.0% 17.0% 2.0% 20.0%
Multiracial 2.0% 2.8% 3.3% 3.0% 4.0% 6.0% 3.0% 2.0%
Native American 0% 1.1% 0.6% 0% 0% 0% 0% 0%
African American 0% 15.0% 6.1% 1.0% 2.0% 1.0% 0% 1.0%
Pacific Islander 0% 0.4% 0.5% 0% 1.0% 0% 0% 0%

Enrollment

Enrollment
Grade 9 23.9%
Grade 10 24.4%
Grade 11 25.6%
Grade 12 26.1%

Educational Outcomes Read more about this school's educational outcomes

Student Opinions

If you could do it all over again, would you still want to go to this school?     Based on 40 responses

  • 32% Yes
  • 30% Not sure.
  • 38% No

What are the best things about this school?     Based on 27 responses

  • 22% Good learning environment
  • 20% The handful of great teachers
  • 20% You CAN learn if you want to
  • 19% People are pretty accepting here
  • 10% Facilities
  • 8% Well-knit social circles

What are the worst things about this school?     Based on 25 responses

  • 22% Stress
  • 21% Workload
  • 18% Competition
  • 13% Lack of diversity
  • 8% Culture
  • 8% Bad teachers
  • 7% Too many people at this school
  • 2% Everything

What one thing distinguishes this school from other schools?     Based on 31 responses

  • 35% More academics-oriented people than normal
  • 26% It is very competitive but has school spirit
  • 19% Its full of students who care more for schoolwork
  • 19% No one has a life

What one word or phrase best describes this school?     Based on 34 responses

  • 53% Very stressful and competitive
  • 35% Academically intensive
  • 3% Street dumb
  • 3% They think too highly of themselvses
  • 3% Hassle
  • 3% Book-smart

What is the most helpful tip for a student to know before coming to this school?     Based on 25 responses

  • 44% Time management and knowing your interests
  • 40% Do well in classes, but search for your interests
  • 4% Run away if you can
  • 4% Don't follow the crowd if you have different likes
  • 4% Balance academics and extracurriculars well
  • 4% Dare to be different

What is your overall opinion of this school?     Based on 30 responses

  • 0% I love everything about this school.
  • 47% I like mostly everything about this school, but there are some things I wish were different.
  • 40% I like a few things about this school, but I'm disappointed in general.
  • 13% I hate everything about this school.